Mid July, perfect weather and a 4 day run down the Wye, wild camping along the route. What a great trip that was, here’s how it went!
Kevin doing the J
First beach for tea 15 mins after put-in at 'Hole in the wall'
View from the first island 15 mins after put-in
Another view of first island
First island - the river was teaming with salmon at this point and was only a few feet deep.
Kevin attempting to look serious.
A group head out, rushing on past us while we stop for tea.
First island - It really wasn't deep at this point!
Back on the water
The water was clear and shallow (and very warm!)
About 20 mins from the put-in
Nice place to live!
Calm and slow (and a little deeper here)
Not sure what town, maybe Ross-on-Wye ?
A nice 'artistic' shot.
Kevin trying to catch salmon with his toes.
Perfect weather - clear blue skies
The new wet bag didn't get much testing.
No caption needed here.
Power pylons are very ugly in comparison to the surroundings.
Just about to head off after another break
A few locals
Another 'song of the paddle' shot
Perfect weather - perfect place
Someone's left the remains of their fire
A bit of shade was appreciated!
Logs of river grass - great colour but it slowed the canoe!
And again. The water was only a few feet deep here.
Look at that J stroke - like a canadian ;)
Artistic shot alert
The river was like a mirror here.
Taking it easy.
Stunning place and weather
A beatiful means of transport!
'Bushman Kev' looking the part
Another stop on the shady side of the river
'Bushman Kev' makes like a salmon
The water was warm really - 'The Man From Atlantis' moves were just for effect.
Whats the large dark shape with fins swimming just out of view
'Bushman Kevin' back in the water
Well thinking about it...
And then there was no turning back
Who needs a PFD?
The cliffs just around the corner of our campsite
This was the view point from the meadow just above our campsite beach. Blissfully tranquil.
And the meadow looking the other way
Meadow just before dusk. There were a lot of wild deer tracks here.
Just before dusk on the meadow
The cliffs opposite our campsite. There was a peregrin falcon nested here and loads of owls at night!
The cliffs opposite our campsite
The campsite - blurry due to shaky hand Dayne and a fire thanks to 'Bushman Kev' (2 for 2)
'Bushman Kevin' slept in a scorpion proof (apparently) bed roll.
The tarp looks good at this point (2nd attempt) and was made of a canoe paddle and waterproof tarp and rope and some 'stability stones'.
'Canadian Dayne' tracks out for more firewood (more practice more like!)
A vegetarian Ray Mears in the making (great fire due to 'Bushman Kev')
Paddle upstream for more firewood
A perfect campsite - it felt perfect until 'Bushman Kev's' better half rang to say a thunderstorm was on route..
'Canadian Dayne' playing in the water
The campsite from downstream - sure it looked bigger than that when we landed!
Campsite from downstream
Early morning mist. 5.30 am on Monday morning from the campsite. 'Bushman Kevin' was still snoring having sat up star watching all night.
Morning Mist at 5.30am and Dayne's camp
Morning mist at 5.30am and Daynes tarp
'Bushman Kevin' wearing a mexican poncho goes firewood hunting sometime after 6am.
Coffee or Tea?
Returning with firewood, Dayne's tarp drying on the beach. Around 6 am
Leaving the campsite around 10am - a true example of 'no trace camping' :P
Day 2 was promising to be even hotter than day 1
Day 2 and no real hurry
Another bridge (sure it has a name but I didn't know it and nor did I really care)
The day was really heating up to about 30 degrees or more
Just after the rapids
Artistic 'song of the paddle' shot again
I would have worn a PFD but I chose to sit on it instead :P I did wear my hat at all times though.
Ahhh the unmistakable sign of civilisation... signs :)
Lets run rapid number 2... 'Canadian Dayne' executes a power stroke
Followed by a perfect Draw stroke to keep us out of the trees. Apparently 'Bushman Kevin' was too busy taking pictures to help with the steering on this one!
We managed to make our way here without a map or GPS!
A shady spot
The smudge on the waterproof camera case hides the calm, collected thoughtful look on 'Bushman Kevins' face.
Ahh there it is (post smudge cleaning)
And again. It could have been sunstroke (it was over 30 degrees I think)
Tea in the canoe - only 'Bushman Kev' and 'Canadian Dayne' could execute something like this!
It was lovely and shady here, just don't rock the boat!
Tranquility - Nature gets it just right everytime.
Heading off from the shady spot
We did not find a tesco's on route thats a rubbish bag!
A backwards 'song of the paddle' shot
Load up at the end.
10 minutes after heading home! Thank-you for waiting God ;)